Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Responsible Consumption & Production

Goal 12 is about ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, which is key to sustain the livelihoods of current and future generations.

Our planet is running out of resources, but populations are continuing to grow. If the global population reaches 9.8 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets will be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

We need to change our consumption habits, and shifting our energy supplies to more sustainable ones are one of the main changes we must make if we are going to reduce our consumption levels. However, global crises triggered a resurgence in fossil fuel subsidies, nearly doubling from 2020 to 2021.

We are seeing promising changes in industries, including the trend towards sustainability reporting being on the rise, almost tripling the amount of published sustainability over just a few years, showing increased levels of commitment and awareness that sustainability should be at the core of business practices.

Food waste is another sign of over consumption, and tackling food loss is urgent and requires dedicated policies, informed by data, as well as investments in technologies, infrastructure, education and monitoring. A staggering 931 million tons of food is wasted a year, despite a huge number of the global population going hungry.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Global Peatlands Initiative

2016 Nairobi Kenya J

Global Penguin Society

GPS 2009 San Francisco CA USA G

Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment

The Alliance 2017 C

Global Research Business Network

GRBN 2011 F y

Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption


Global Resource Information Database

GRID 1985 Geneva Switzerland F g

GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY - Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid

2008 Vienna Austria G y

Global Rights

1978 Abuja Nigeria G

Global Rights, Rules and Responsibilities


Global Seafood Ratings Alliance


Global Security Industry Alliance

GSIA 2001 Hong Kong Hong Kong C yt

Global Self-Care Federation

GSCF 1970 Nyon Switzerland B y

Global Shea Alliance

GSA 2011 Accra Ghana D

Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program

GSLEP 2013 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan E g

Global Society for Industrial Microbiology

GIM 1970 Shanghai China E v

Global Soil Partnership

GSP Rome Italy E gy

Global Sourcing Association

GSA 1987 London UK G

Global Sourcing Council

GSC 2007 New York NY USA J

Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative

GSSI Haarlem Netherlands F y

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

GSTC 2010 Washington DC USA B y

Global Teen Challenge

1995 Columbus GA USA G

Global Traders Conference


Global Type III Environmental Product Declarations Network

GEDnet 1999 Stockholm Sweden F

Global Vision Corporation

1992 Geneva Switzerland F

Global Women Social Enterprise

GWSE J Foundation

2005 Geneva Switzerland F f

Go Green Initiative

2002 Pleasanton CA USA G

Gold Mercury International

GMI 1961 London UK F

Golden Palm International

1985 Colombo Sri Lanka G

Goldring Institute of International Business

1991 New Orleans LA USA N j

Good Fish Foundation

2014 Veenendaal Netherlands G f

Goodwill Industries International

GII 1902 Rockville MD USA G

GPF Europe

2004 Bonn Germany E

Great Bear Foundation

GBF 1981 Haines AK USA G f

Great Lakes Commission

GLC 1955 Ann Arbor MI USA G g

Green Ark Committee

GRC 2011 Kinshasa Congo DR F

Green Belt Movement

1977 Nairobi Kenya F

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F

Green Finance and Economic Cooperation

GFEC Bucharest Romania J

Green Industry Platform

GIP F ty

Greening of Industry Network

GIN 1991 Enschede Netherlands F t

Greenovate! Europe

Brussels Belgium E

Greenpeace International

1971 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Group for Aeronautical Research and Technology in Europe

GARTEUR 1973 Hasselby Sweden E g

Group of Fifty

Washington DC USA G

Group on Earth Observations

GEO 2005 Geneva Switzerland F g

Groupe international des importateurs de gaz naturel liquefié

GIIGNL 1971 Neuilly-sur-Seine France D

Groupement des industries européennes du tabac

GITES 1990 Luxembourg Luxembourg D t

Growing Media Europe

GME 2016 Brussels Belgium D t